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Pólvora y Gloria (Brimstone & Glory)

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. 

Austin: Jan. 7 & 10 at AFS Cinema
Hartford, CT: Opens Dec. 29 at Real Art Ways.

Earlier Event: December 27
La región salvaje (The Untamed)
Later Event: December 30
Hermia & Helena